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What is SodaStream?

It is the brand of carbonation systems for use at home. They were invented in the early 1900s to add carbon dioxide (CO2) to drinking water. At that time these were called “apparatus for aerating liquids”. The more recent versions allow for incorporating flavored concentrates and before you realize it – you’ve got homemade carbonated, flavor drink or soda pop.

The initial machines manufactured were rather large and were sold to the larger households of the upper classes of London, including the royal household. There initially were flavors with odd names, one being the well-known sarsaparilla introduced while in the 1920s. The commercial carbonation machines were also introduced in the 1920s and were very popular. The first smaller machines for home carbonation was manufactured in 1955.

With so many types of concentrate, various and exclusive flavors of soft drinks can be produced. In the times when the systems were most popular, many well-known brands were available for SodaStream from the concentrate such as Fants, and Sunkist.

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In the early 1990s, the company merged with Soda-Club and it has since relaunched with a marketing plan geared more towards overall health or healthiers drink for children or families.

Today there are different competing brands of syrups for SodaStream. Aromhuset is the Premium trademark and their Zero (sugar free) series taste AS they as sugar sweetened. Take a watch at their Zero Indian Tonic at amazon UK.

The SodaStream drink maker features a canister with CO2 that is pushed into water that makes the water fizzy. The complete product includes a machine, carbon dioxide canister, and several reusable drink bottles specially designed for pressurizing. After filling a bottle with water, you screw it to the machine, push a button, and make sparkling water. Carbonated sparkling water is also known as seltzer water. There are different flavors of concentrated syrups which allows the consumer to create regular or diet soda pop (or soft drinks). When the canister is empty, you give it back and purchase a whole new canister of CO2.

The buzz of the SodaStream throughout the 70s and 80s in the UK and presently are connected with nostalgia for those periods of time. The advertising best tonic for gin jingle in 1970 was “get busy with the fizzy” and was so very popular, that this slogan was added to their logo. It was ultimately dropped in 1996 after 17 years.

MilkStream is a machine made through the very same company for making milkshakes. You simply add milk, ice cream and syrup in a tall glass, insert in the machine and a wand extends into the tall glass to whip up a foaming, delicious milkshake.

Today, SodaStream is a component of Soda-Club and there are several web sites where they can be purchased and all the supplies could be ordered and reordered as required.